“Truth is powerful and it prevails.” – Sojourner Truth
She believed she was called by God to tell the Truth and that’s exactly what she did. She became a leading voice for the abolition of slavery and for the rights of women. Undeterred by her own enslavement, physical abuse and a mountain of injustice, she traveled the nation bearing witness to the Truth thus affecting the lives of countless Americans.
The Truth Panel honors the work of Sojourner Truth not only in the spirit of history but with the possibilities of the present and the future. We introduce these voices as a means of prevention, comfort and empowerment for those that have been trafficked for sex and labor exploitation and to keep those that haven’t from ever knowing this crime.
These leaders are all human trafficking survivors. Relating their own histories with unmatched authority and candor, Truth Panel members are available to speak to your group or conference.
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As a survivor of devastating hardships in her youth, Amira is now living a full life as a victim’s advocate, wife, and mother of four beautiful, bright children. Amira is pursuing a Masters in Social Work with a Minor in Nonprofit Administration. Click here for full bio.
Rev Dr. Brook Parker Bello
Human Rights Activist and Advocate for Trafficked and Sexually Violated children and woman, Filmmaker, Rev, Dr. Brook Bello, CEO/Executive Director of More Too Life an NGO involved in victim care services, daily drop in services, professional trainings in victim identification and outreach. Click here for full bio.
Since the controversial and ground-breaking publication of her autobiographical book, “Memoirs of a Sex Industry Survivor,” in 2004, Anne Bissell has been on the frontline in the fight against the commercialized sexual exploitation of children. Click here for full bio.
Annie Lobert is a survivor of more than a decade of sex trafficking-working as an exotic dancer and a high-class escort prostituted in Hawaii, Minneapolis, and Las Vegas. Click here for full bio.
Ateba Crocker is a woman with a vision to see more teens involved in the most important human rights’ fight of their lives. Freedom is what inspired Ateba Crocker to start Teen Revolt. Ateba Crocker, the visionary of Shoe Revolt and now Teen Revolt, is a survivor of sexual abuse and prostitution. Click here for full bio.
Just last spring, Barbara Amaya had an epiphany after watching a newscast about trafficked teens in her neighborhood and broke her silence of four decades when she began to share her own story of being a trafficked child from the age of thirteen for eight long years in the streets of New York. Click here for full bio.
Brooke Axtell is an award-winning singer, songwriter and poet from Austin, Texas. She is a contributing writer for Forbes focused on women’s rights, leadership and gender violence. Her work has been featured in many media outlets, including Fox News, Washington Times, Psychology Today, Boston Globe. Click here for full bio.
Elisabeth is a survivor of family-controlled child sex trafficking and ritual sex abuse. Her encounters with domestic violence and incest began when she was just two years old. After years of familial sexual abuse, her father started selling her to make extra money. Click here for full bio.
Holly is a survivor of child trafficking and an advocate against all forms of human trafficking. In November 2011, Holly appeared on the Dr. Oz show to raise awareness for the issue of domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST), along with Tina Frundt (founder of Courtney’s House), Lisa Ling (American journalist and advocate), and Kevin Perkins (Director of the FBI’s Innocence Lost project). Click here for full bio.
James Kofi Annan
James Kofi Annan knows from personal experience that slavery is not a thing of the past. Having been sold to traffickers by his financially desperate parents at the tender age of six, James spent the next seven years working long, difficult, unpaid hours in over 20 different fishing communities along Lake Volta in Ghana. Click here for full bio.
Katariina has a personal story of human trafficking & domestic violence from the time she was just 13 years of age to 17. Throughout her early life, she experienced four separate trafficking scenarios which ranged from the ‘family’ traffickers who recruited her through a friend in her middle school, to the more organized hotel & local prostitution rings and modeling scam. Click here for full bio.
Lisa Williams is a survivor. She understands what it’s like to be held at gunpoint, to be demeaned and called unprintable names, to be afraid in her own skin, to be repeatedly violated and tortured and then to be blamed for it all. She endured many years of emotional, physical and sexual abuse, abandoned and homeless at age 12. Click here for full bio.
Former music video model and sex trafficking survivor Rachel Thomas is a dynamic educator who speaks from the heart and aims at the head. A graduate of Emory University in Atlanta (Bachelor’s Degree), and UCLA (Master’s Degree in Education), Rachel has over 10 years’ experience in teaching, speaking and mentoring. Click here for full bio.
Shamere MCKenzie was simply trying to find a way to pay her college tuition when she met her trafficker. He seemed like a nice guy, and he promised her she could make money dancing. Instead he forced her into sex slavery. For the next several years, Shamere was forced to perform sexual services both on the streets and inside strip clubs. Strong-willed as she is, Shamere often refused and resisted this man who posed as her boyfriend. Click here for full bio.
Ms. Flores has been a licensed Social Worker for over twenty years. She received her Master’s in Counseling Education from University of Dayton and a Bachelor’s of Social Work from Ball State University. She is the spokes woman and Director of Education & Training for Gracehaven House, a ten-bed long-term faith based care and rehabilitation home for young girls under the age of 18 who have been victimized by human trafficking. Click here for full bio.
Toshia Shaw navigated life’s turbulent waters throughout her adolescence and early adulthood with resiliency; emerging as a victor. To take steps towards healing, she penned the fiction novel entitled, High Stakes, that was published in the year 2010. Click here for full bio.
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